Tar Heel Sports Network changes flagship stations

That designation goes from WCHL to WPTF, which was the Wolfpack network’s flagship for years By R.L. Bynum There will be a notable change in the air when Carolina opens the football season on Sept. 3 at Virginia Tech. The flagship station for the 62-station Tar Heel Sports Network will become the station that was, …

12 Tar Heels competing at Olympics: Here’s when and where can you see them compete

By R.L. Bynum A dozen Tar Heels in six sports are in Japan to compete in the 2020 Olympics, including three current Carolina students and three vying for individual medals. Down-Jenkins Two of the current students make history as the first Tar Heels to compete in Olympic diving: senior Anton Down-Jenkins, who will compete for …

Howell didn’t want a Heisman publicity campaign; he just wants to win

By R.L. Bynum CHARLOTTE — Sam Howell has rare qualities beyond the talent that make him a lock to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft next year. Most other players entering a season with such lofty expectations would revel in the attention, crave more of it and gladly embrace the Heisman Trophy hype. …

Chandler’s talent, experience important as UNC tries to replace Williams and Carter

By R.L. Bynum CHARLOTTE — Nearly all of the offensive line is back and a Heisman Trophy candidate is at quarterback to lead the offense. But with the loss of the dynamic running back combination of Javonte Williams and Michael Carter, one of the biggest questions surrounds what North Carolina’s running game will look like …

ACC Kickoff: More than half league has an 85% vaccination rate but not UNC

By R.L. Bynum CHARLOTTE — As the ACC forges ahead toward what everybody hopes will be a normal football season, Commissioner Jim Phillips said Wednesday at the ACC Kickoff that more than half of the league’s football programs have reached an 85% vaccination rate, with other programs close. UNC coach Mack Brown said that the …

UNC finalizes non-conference men’s basketball schedule

By R.L. Bynum The non-conference schedule for North Carolina’s first season under head coach Hubert Davis was finalized Tuesday, including one road game, three neutral-site games and four opponents expected to be highly ranked. After an exhibition game against Elizabeth City State on Friday, Nov. 5, the season opens the following Tuesday, Nov. 9, at …

Sunday, it’s all UNC on ACC Network: Here’s what you’ll see

By R.L. Bynum Set your DVRs! ACC Network began 15 days of programming highlighting the best moments from the last year for each ACC school on July 2 with “ACC Network School Takeovers.” It’s Carolina’s turn Sunday, and you’ll be able to relive five victories over top-10 teams. In addition to eight Tar Heels victories, …

UNC gets huge addition in 6–11 Marquette transfer Dawson Garcia

By R.L. Bynum The reshaping of Carolina’s frontcourt continued in a big way Thursday with the commitment of 6–11, 225-pound Marquette transfer Dawson Garcia, a huge addition for first-year head coach Hubert Davis. Garcia helps fill the void left by the departures of Walker Kessler, Garrison Brooks and Day’Ron Sharpe and gives the Tar Heels …

A Tar Heel will win an NBA title for the third consecutive season, push total player titles to 36

By R.L. Bynum Danny Green’s injury during the Philadelphia 76ers’ Eastern Conference semifinals series contributed to him being denied a third consecutive NBA title. But it’s guaranteed that a Tar Heel will win a title for a third consecutive season — either Cameron Johnson with the Phoenix Suns or Justin Jackson with the Milwaukee Bucks. …

Cam Johnson’s defense big part of Suns’ run to NBA Finals; ‘he’s a starter in this league,’ Coach Monty Williams says

By R.L. Bynum Good defense is hard to prove statistically other than with steals and blocks. You have to watch a player defend talented opponents. But, make no mistake about it, Cameron Johnson’s defense is one of the reasons that the Phoenix Suns are in their first NBA Finals since 1993. Johnson may get more …